Golden Gala XXXVII Will Feature OneRepublic

TMH's premier black-tie event will benefit the Walker Breast Program and Clinic
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Grammy nominated OneRepublic will perform at Golden Gala XXXVII, a Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare fundraising event, in September. Photo courtesy of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

Golden Gala XXXVII with OneRepublic, benefiting the Walker Breast Program at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH), is on for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

The Golden Gala, hosted by the TMH Foundation, is Tallahassee’s premier black-tie event. All proceeds from this year’s gala will support the Walker Breast Program, a comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating and surviving breast cancer. The program includes the multidisciplinary Breast Clinic, which streamlines appointments into one visit where all medical experts can collaborate to create a unique treatment plan for each patient.

“We are thrilled to bring the Golden Gala back,” said Nigel Allen, TMH Foundation president and chief advancement officer. “Thanks to many generous people in our community, the gala will generate funding to allow TMH to continue to grow the Walker Breast Program, which we know is saving lives.”

The Walker Breast Program offers a level of care typically only seen at nationally recognized cancer programs.

“With the largest and most experienced breast care team in our region, we are diagnosing and treating patients faster, helping us beat this disease in its earliest stages,” said Shelby Blank, MD, a surgeon at TMH.

The gala, which includes cocktail hour, dinner and a concert with world-renowned entertainment, was postponed twice due to COVID-19. Grammy nominated OneRepublic is confirmed for the new date in September. OneRepublic’s songs include the multi-platinum-selling single, “Apologize,” and the hit singles, “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets,” “Good Life” and “Counting Stars.”

“The safety and health of our guests is always our number-one priority,” Allen said. “We are optimistic that by September anyone who wants a vaccine will have been given the opportunity to receive one. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and follow all guidelines, but we are expecting better days ahead.”

Each annual Golden Gala has a different theme, and this year promises to be extraordinary, Allen said.

“We always keep the gala theme under wraps until the night of the event,” he said. “In working with John Gandy Events, we’ve come up with something truly unique this year that includes original artworks created especially for the gala. It will be an immersive experience like no other.”

Golden Gala dates to 1984, when a group of dedicated and energetic individuals —led by the late M.T. Mustian, then president and CEO of TMH, Grace Dansby, Jean McCully, Eleanor Smith and Marcia Thornberry — introduced the gala fundraising concept within the community. The inaugural gala starred Barbara Mandrell.

All sponsorship agreements and table sales previously confirmed for the gala will be honored for the new date. Anyone who has questions about existing sponsorships, or anyone who would like to become a sponsor or purchase a table for Sept. 16, 2021, can contact Nigel Allen, TMH Foundation president and chief advancement officer, at Nigel.Allen@TMH.ORG or 850-431-5752.

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